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Video: Dog senses quake long before humans

It’s no secret that animals seem to sense earthquakes before they hit, but here’s some video proof.

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake that caused millions of dollars of property damage in Humboldt County, California, Saturday was sensed by a Labrador named Sophie well before humans started reacting, according to this video, from surveillance cameras in the offices of the Times-Standard in Eureka.

Sophie bolts from the room several seconds before the room starts visibly shaking and workers can be seen fleeing.

Yet more proof that dogs have more sense than humans — or at least humans who work for newspapers.


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time January 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I’ve seen this behavior right here in the Queen City of the Patapsco Watershed. Several years ago, while I was out for a walk in Canton, all the dogs within earshot suddenly began barking and howling. They kept it up for several minutes. When I got home and turned on the evening news, I learned we’d had a slight tremor at that time. I honestly didn’t feel it, but it was enough to make the dogs very uncomfortable. I think they’re sensitive to vibrations that are too slight for us to sense, which means that they would feel the quake or tremor before it registered with us and long before we could see any physical movement. My concern would be that animals, when threatened, tend to seek shelter–and we know that outside is the place to be if a quake hits. I assume she made it out OK.

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Time January 13, 2010 at 2:54 pm

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Comment from Ken
Time January 2, 2011 at 9:21 am

Yes, the animals sense Earthquake, Tsunami, and etc.